Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to try out a couple of his deputies in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. With…

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In Defence of Bielsa: Players are to Blame for OM Nightmare

In Defence of Bielsa: Players are to Blame for OM Nightmare

Another year, the same problem. Another manager, the same problem. The more things change, the more they stay the same. That is, in reference to another implosion from Olympique de Marseille. It should be no surprise. Four coaches since 2011/12 and four distinct periods ending with the feeling of hitting rock bottom. In 2012, it was Didier Deschamps who found himself in the middle of a boardroom battle with then-sporting director Jose Anigo and president Vincent…

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Is Claudio Ranieri the Man to Save Florian Thauvin?

Is Claudio Ranieri the Man to Save Florian Thauvin?

It’s rare that a week goes past without a new twist in the Olympique de Marseille soap opera. After two consecutive defeats to Paris Saint-Germain and Girondins de Bordeaux, news emerged that Italian coach Claudio Ranieri could be the man to replace Marcelo Bielsa at the Stade Velodrome if, as expected, El Loco should leave at the end of the season. Hometown boy and Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier may be the fans’ choice to take over…

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Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois

Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois

by Chris McMullan Winters are cold in central France. The region known in the middle ages as the Forez lies miles from the sea and is stuck between the Alps and the Massif Central. There is little humidity, and, in the traditional mining town of Saint-Etienne, the dry air brings with it a bitter cold in the winter months. This particular winter has also been harsh for AS Saint-Etienne who have accrued only two points…

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Olympique de Marseille v Stade de Reims: Preview

Olympique de Marseille v Stade de Reims: Preview

Stade de Reims are in a very rare group – they are one of the few clubs that Olympique de Marseille has actually beaten away from home this season. This does not bode well for Jean-Luc Vasseur and his team as they travel to the Stade Velodrome for Friday night’s fixture. Marcelo Bielsa’s team were at their imperious best when these sides met at the Stade Auguste Delaune in September. Marseille ran out comfortable 5-0 winners, but…

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Is Kevin Gameiro the Answer for Marseille Après Gignac?

Is Kevin Gameiro the Answer for Marseille Après Gignac?

With André-Pierre Gignac almost certain to leave Olympique de Marseille when his current contract expires at the end of the season, a number of French media outlets including Canal + have reported this week that the Sevilla FC and France international striker Kevin Gameiro has emerged as a possible target to replace the Provence-based club’s current top scorer at the end of the season. Gameiro has fallen out of favour with the current Sevilla manager…

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Marseille Striker Linked With Summer Move to Southampton

Marseille Striker Linked With Summer Move to Southampton

Out of contract at the end of the season, Andre-Pierre Gignac is a wanted man across Europe. His form may have dipped since the opening 10 games of the season, but as a free transfer, there is little doubt he is a man in demand. Monday’s Daily Mirror suggests that he is a target for Ronald Koeman’s Southampton this summer. Gignac has scored 14 goals in 24 games, which on paper is a fantastic return,…

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Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

One of the most interesting moves of the January transfer window was the loan of Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos from Monaco to Marseille – particularly when it looked like it might not happen. How ironic that he would go on to save Marseille’s blushes this weekend. With the clubs in agreement, somebody pointed out that Monaco had made too many loans already. According to LFP Regulations (article 266), teams can only have seven players out on…

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